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French parliamentarians term Pakistan visit quite useful

Zubair Qureshi

Members of the French National Assembly and Senate who are currently on visit to Pakistan have termed interaction with Pakistani authorities and parliamentarians quite useful and expressed their hope that the country would win against terrorists by acting proactively and swiftly. They expressed this hope at a reception given in their honour by Ambassador Marc Baréty. Led by Mr Jean-Bernard Sempastous Member of the France National Assembly and President of France-Pakistan Friendship Group, the five-member delegation spent four days Dec 10-13, 2017 in Islamabad and Lahore and held meetings with the Pakistani and Chinese leadership on One Belt One Road, CPEC, security and immigration issues. While talking to media persons after their meetings the members of the delegation namely François Pupponi, Annaïg Le Meur, Jean-Luc Reitzer and Sonia Krimi said they looked forward to closer interaction with Pakistan Parliament and the government and on their return they would submit a detailed report in the French Parliament regarding the findings during their visit.
About China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the delegation head Jean-Bernard Sempastous said Pakistan also invited France to join this game changer in the region and they would convey Pakistan’s gesture to their Parliament. CPEC however is not an economic project alone, it is also a geo-strategic initiative of far reaching consequences, and we have to keep that in mind too, he said.
One of the members of the Parliament said France being a gateway to Europe and with a 65pc population of under 20 years of age can play a key role in assisting Pakistan in various sectors like access to the EU markets, cooperation in education which is already a distinctive feature of the bilateral relations, trade, tourism and security issues. The delegation members also referred to their meetings with Interior and Foreign Ministries’ officials and termed them quite fruitful.
To a question, they said at present more than 600 Pakistani students are enrolled with French Medical, Engineering and other institutes and universities. Contribution of Pakistani community in France is quite commendable they said. On Kashmir issue, they said France was keenly observing the situation and they would also make it a part of their report. France and Pakistan can also cooperate in energy and Infrastructure sectors as Pakistan is facing energy challenges, they said. By end of March 2018, our report will be available on our website and can be downloaded, they said. Earlier, Ambassador Baréty introducing the honourable guests said they belonged to diverse groups and parties and represented a cross section of French society and culture.

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